We all know that VW wants to become nr1 world automaker. Audi is expected to play a big part in that march to global domination, and a rumoured A9 may be the next step.
Although unconfirmed, Car Magazine says the range-topping model would be based on the A8 and built alongside the R8 at the company’s factory in Neckarsulm, Germany.
Structurally, the sleek A9 is said to be eye-catching according to sources who’ve seen the initial design sketches. A soft-top conversion is in the plan, which should hit the market in 2015, six months before the next-gen Mercedes CL cabriolet.
Whether the report can be believed remains to be seen, but rumours of variants for the large A8 have been circulating for some time.
Here is the provisional engine line-up for the 2014 Audi A9:
• 3.0 V6 TFSI 211bhp
• 3.0 V6 TFSI 290bhp (exit supercharger, enter a single turbo)
• 4.0 V8 twin-turbo TFSI 420bhp
• 4.0 V8 twin-turbo TFSI 520bhp (S9 only)
• 3.0 V6 TDI 250bhp
• 4.2 V8 TDI 350bhp
Quattro is standard, as is the eight-speed automatic with an optional hybrid module.